Promoting wellness in women

Promoting  wellness  in womenCardiologist Dr. Ghassan Mohsen will be among the keynote speakers at the April 13 Women’s Health and Wellness Expo — Courtesy photo

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By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer

Encouraging women to be proactive about their own health is one focus of the first-ever Women’s Health and Wellness Expo, to be held Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SpringHill Suites.

The seminar is being sponsored by the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation.

“I truly believe that many women put themselves aside while they handle everything else in their lives,” said Foundation Director Kim Metcalf.

Dr. Ghassan Mohsen, a cardiac specialist who will be among the keynote speakers of the event, suggested that this theory is supported by a new study conducted at Harvard School of Public Health by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

While evaluating patients with coronary artery disease who were about to undergo their first coronary angiogram, Research Fellow Catherine Kreatsoulas found that women tend to have an optimism bias.

“This causes them to believe that they are less at risk for negative health outcomes than they really are,” said Dr. Mohsen.”The researcher further states that it is possible that women tend to focus more on caring for others than their own well-being.”

Mohsen said that there are six stages in the transition that begins with experiencing cardiac symptoms and ends with treatment — uncertainty, denial, seeking guidance, recognition of severity, seeking medical attention and accepting a solution.

Studies indicate that women spend longer time in the “denial” phase than men do. A second group study also found that women are one and a half times more likely than men to wait for symptoms to become worse before seeking medical attention.

“When women experienced the slightest improvement in symptoms, they dismissed the problem for a longer period of time,” according to Kreatsoulas.

Mohsen also noted that there are differences between heart attack symptoms for men and women.

“Crushing, chest-clutching pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack in men,” he said. “Although both men and women experience chest pain, women are more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms of a heart attack.”

These include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, neck, jaw or stomach; pain in the lower chest; stomach pain; chest pressure or pain that radiates into the back; shortness of breath; sweating; nausea and fainting.

People can mistake these other symptoms for other minor problems “when in reality, they could be having a heart attack.”

Mohsen will be giving women additional more information on what signs to watch for and how they can stay healthy.

Among the most important lifestyle factors in maintaining health are having a healthy diet full of fiber, fresh produce, Omega 3 and lean proteins, while limiting fried, processed or fatty foods.

“Did you know that regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes?” asked Mohsen. “Any amount of exercise is better than none.”

But the most health benefits can be achieved through 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity.

“One in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Mohson. “There are several risk factors for heart disease, and my goal as a cardiologist is to help direct you to a healthier lifestyle. Together we can make a difference in your health.

“Find out more on how to prevent cardiovascular diseases and how to live a better lifestyle by attending the Women’s Health and Wellness Expo!”

Other expert speakers and topics include Dr. Everard Hughes (cancer-related issues), Joseph Furtado (medications), Nurse Practitioner Alessa Siler (women’s health), Dr. Joseph Crammer (pediatrics) and Dr. Natasha Laird (obstetrics-gynecology).

Local businesses and agencies will be on hand to offer information on services ranging from fitness to finance to beauty to charitable giving.

The conference will be held in the SpringHill Suites from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets at $25 each include catered lunch and access to the mimosa bar.

Presale tickets are available at Romancing the West. For more information, call Metcalf at 760-499-3955.

The RRHDV is a fund-raising arm of the hospital, as well as the home of “Women in Philanthropy.”

Story First Published: 2019-04-05